Don’t let this sugar-filled holiday, and those that follow over the next two months, add inches to your waist!
Tis’ the season for holidays, parties, sweets, stress, shopping, decorating and unfortunately for many of us, less exercise!
These tips will help you get through the temptations of Halloween and the Holiday Season!
- Choose candy you don’t like. You will be less tempted to indulge if your favorite candy isn’t sitting right in front of you!
- Hide your candy. Unless you buy your candy right before the trick-or-treaters arrive, it will be hard to avoid the temptation of opening the bag for just a “few.” If you shopped ahead, put the candy out of sight in a spot you rarely use. The highest shelf over the fridge, tucked under a tablecloth in your dining room china cabinet, or the top shelf of a linen closet are all good places.
- Enjoy the parties for the company, not the foods and drinks. Eat snacks or a meal before you head out, or make note of the healthiest options when you arrive to the party, then promise yourself those are the foods you’ll stick to. Remember, the more alcohol you drink, the more likely you’ll be to over-indulge in the bad stuff.
- Make your own Halloween Treats. Instead of buying sugar-loaded treats at the store, make your own healthy alternatives. You can still enjoy the tastes of fall and be healthy at the same time.
- Handle the temptations at work. Work can be one of the biggest struggles when it comes to junk consumption. The stuff is sitting right there, and you’re busy, so you go for what is convenient. Keep the candy dish off your desk, and avoid the temptation on co-worker’s desks, too. If you happen to give in, take a small piece and set the rest aside (or throw it out). Keep carrot or celery sticks on hand and when the urge to eat a piece of candy hits, munch on those instead.
- Have water available, always. Very often what you think is the urge to eat is actually your body craving hydration. Every time you’re tempted to grab a treat, have water first. Remember, you should be drinking half your body weight in ounces of water each day!
- Be a good role model for your kids. Half the fun of Halloween is going through the bag of candy at the end of the night. But, encourage your kids to have just one piece a night after dinner or as a special treat. If the kids got candy they don’t care for, throw it out so you aren’t tempted to keep it from “going to waste” by eating it.
- Get the leftovers out of the house ASAP. Bring it to work, throw it out, or trade it in at the dentist’s office.